Learning beyond the classroom

education student with professorTeaching is a science, complete with learning theories and developmental charts. But it's also an art - an art that must be practiced.

At Lander, you can be sure you'll get lots of teaching experience before you graduate from our program. Our philosophy is that once you've grasped educational theories in your classes, you need many opportunities to go out into the "real world" to put those theories to work.

  • In your freshman and sophomore years, you'll spend time in the public schools observing and assisting teachers.
  • As an upperclassman, you will assume total responsibility for planning and delivering instruction in a school setting.

You'll be able to walk into your first teaching job with your eyes wide open, having already observed and experienced the challenges and rewards of today's classrooms.

 

Get Involved

Become a Lander Teaching Fellow
The mission of the South Carolina Teaching Fellows Program is to recruit talented high school seniors into the teaching profession and help them develop leadership qualities.

Teacher Cadets
The Teacher Cadet Program was piloted in four South Carolina high schools in 1985-86. Today, the program includes approximately 170 South Carolina high Schools serving an average of 2,700 juniors and seniors.

Call Me MisterCall Me MISTER Program
The mission of the Call Me MISTER (Mentors Instructing Students Toward Effective Role Models) initiative is to increase the pool of available teachers from a broader more diverse background particularly among the state’s lowest performing elementary schools. The MISTER initiative attempts to accomplish this by providing academic, social, and financial support to under-represented individuals interested in entering the teaching profession.

 

Lander Teacher Education Organizations

Teacher Education majors have many opportunities to become involved with student organizations that provide fellowship, service learning, and professional development activities as an EPIC professional educator.

  • Lander Association for the Education of Young Children (LAEYC) provides a focus for those primarily interested in working with young children. LAEYC members attend workshops, provide extra activities and resources for area classrooms, and arrange for special guest speakers to present to their organization.
  • Palmetto State Teacher Student Association (PSTA) provides opportunities for all teacher education majors to become active in one of the major professional teacher organizations in the state. Students take on leadership initiatives to communicate with their legislators about important educational initiatives.
  • Student Council for Exceptional Children (SCEC) enables students to become more involved in offering opportunities to students with disabilities. Attendance at the state and national conferences on an annual basis is just one of the many activities in which Lander students participate.

Each teacher education organization has a faculty advisor and elects officers from among its membership to identify the specific activities its participants will engage in each year.

 

education student with childLife after Lander

Lander education graduates are teaching - and teaching well - throughout South Carolina and beyond. Our alumni have earned prestigious accolades for their efforts, including South Carolina Teacher of the Year, National Distinguished Principal of the Year and Presidential Award for Excellence in Science Teaching for South Carolina.

 

Department Awards

Awards are granted annually to outstanding university students from all disciplines during a ceremony each spring.

  • Early Childhood Education Discipline Award
    Given annually by the education faculty to the graduating senior majoring in early childhood education who best exemplifies academic achievement, moral character, professionalism and exemplary teaching ability.
  • Elementary Education Discipline Award
    Given annually by the education faculty to the graduating senior majoring in elementary education who best exemplifies academic achievement, moral character, professionalism and exemplary teaching ability.
  • Graduate Education Award
    Given annually by the graduate education faculty to an outstanding graduate who best exemplifies professional leadership in the areas of teaching, contributions to the profession and school community, and preferred dispositions of the Professional Instructional Leader.
  • Secondary Education Discipline Award
    Given annually by the education faculty to the graduating senior majoring in secondary education who best exemplifies academic achievement, moral character, professionalism and exemplary teaching ability.
  • Special Education Discipline Award
    Given annually by the education faculty to the graduating senior majoring in special education who best exemplifies academic achievement, moral character, professionalism and exemplary teaching ability.